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Developing distributed components with Java and DCOM (distributed component object model) simplifies developing distributed applications. If you know CORBA or RMI, DCOM is easy to learn. Microsoft's Java Virtual Machine makes developing COM and DCOM components painless. DCOM currently ships with the Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 98 operating systems. It's also available for download for the Windows 95 operating system. In addition, there are efforts to make DCOM available on a number of UNIX platforms. Many of the Java application server providers, such as BEA's WebLogic Java server and Bluestone's Sapphire, provide DCOM support. Microsoft has made sure that their JVM integrates well with DCOM. Thus Java classes are treated like COM objects. Also, Sun provides an ActiveX bridge to expose JavaBeans as ActiveX controls. (An ActiveX control is a type of COM compo... (more)

Job Trends: JSF Catches Swing

Rick Hightower's Blog JSF did well in 2007. Let's put it this way: If job demand for the Struts framework and JSF were a stocks and you invested in it in April of 2005 by July of 2007 you would barely break even with Struts but with JSF your investment would have grown 700% as of July 2007. (According to indeed.com.) Note: Struts continues to do really well; it is still number 1. Yet after Struts, JSF is doing well and Struts growth is as flat as EJBs. See how JSF does against all other competitors in Rick's next graph, which can be found along with the rest of this article at his ... (more)

i-Technology Viewpoint: "Spring Good!"

"JSF Good!" Says Rick Hightower If you have not looked into Spring yet, it is time. Here is why you should! Grady Booch once said that the great thing about objects is that they can be replaced. The great thing about Spring is it helps you replace them. With Spring, you simply inject collaborating objects called dependencies using JavaBeans properties and configuration files. Then it's easy enough to switch out collaborating objects when you need to. Spring allows you to dynamically add services to objects called aspects. This is similar to the Decorator Design pattern, but does n... (more)

i-Technology Viewpoint: Google's GWT "May Change Web Development Forever"

Time is a brutal enemy of youth and exuberance. Time makes cynics of us all. Time is the universal truth serum that reveals all authenticity. Time will tell, but the announcement yesterday by Google may change the faces of AJAX development, strike that, Google's announcement may change web development for evermore. This cynic heard an announcement yesterday that changed his viewpoint and beliefs on the future of web development. Certainly, in the recent past, the chances of doing an entire application in AJAX seemed remote for the vast sea of developers. The thought of writing a ... (more)

"JSF Good!" Says Rick Hightower

Related Links: Java Opinions: Geary vs Raible on JavaServer Faces I used AppFuse and Spring together extensibly on two projects earlier this year with a lot of success. I added Spring support before it was part of the AppFuse core (for my projects). I have a lot of respect for Matt Raible's opinions. Matt is an awesome, dedicated technologist. I don't agree with him about JSF. My last project that I finished was JSF + Spring + Hibernate on Tomcat 5 similar to AppFuse foundation, but using JSF. Matt has done some JSF + Spring work for the Spring book, and for a client. JSF is not pa... (more)